Qatar Air chief says home-working ‘epidemic’ fuels travel chaos

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) – The head of Qatar Airways on Monday said an “epidemic” of home working has contributed to staff shortages that are being widely blamed for travel disruption in Europe this summer.

The aviation sector is struggling to secure staff needed to cope with a post-pandemic surge in air travel, prompting London’s Heathrow Airport to impose curbs on capacity to avoid delays, in a move that led to a public spat with Dubai’s Emirates.

Speaking to reporters at the Farnborough Airshow, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker declined to comment directly on Heathrow, where he is on the board of directors. The Qatar Investment Authority owns 20% of Britain’s busiest hub.

“We face the same problem in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany,” he said.

“So it is actually an epidemic in our industry. This all happened because people learned to get easy money from working out of their homes, and fewer people now want to come and do the jobs that they were doing,” Al Baker said.

“This has all brought a huge impact on airports, right across Europe, and of course Heathrow is is one of the larger hubs in Europe.”

Unions in Britain have accused airlines and airports of using the opportunity of the pandemic to cut jobs and pay. Airlines and airports meanwhile accuse each other of failing to prepare adequately for a post-pandemic surge in travel demand.

According to recent data, there are 400,000 fewer workers in Britain than at the start of the pandemic.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Qatar Airways CEO blames a WFH ‘epidemic’ for the travel chaos and says people have figured out how to make ‘easy money’ from their homes

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker poses near an Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said a work-from-home “epidemic” is contributing to the chaos at airports.ERIC CABANIS/AFP via Getty Images)

  • Qatar Airways’ CEO said a work-from-home “epidemic” is contributing to the travel chaos.

  • People are making “easy money” working from home and don’t want to return to their jobs, he said.

  • Summer travel has been a mess so far, with flight delays and chaos across the aviation industry.

The CEO of Qatar Airways has blamed the chaos at airports on a work-from-home “epidemic,” Reuters reported on Monday.

“We face the same problem in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany,” Akbar Al Baker, the CEO of Qatar Airways, said at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK, per Reuters.

“So it is actually an epidemic in our industry. This all happened because people learned to get easy money from working out of their homes, and fewer people now want to come and do the jobs that they were doing,” he said, according to the news agency.

Al Baker’s comments came amid a messy summer travel season” class=”link “summer travel season with flight delays and chaos across the industry — and particularly in Europe — as demand has returned to pre-pandemic levels. Issues faced by airlines include staff shortages and bad weather.

To contain the chaos, chaos-2022-7?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=yahoo.com” data-ylk=”slk:London Heathrow Airport” class=”link “London Heathrow Airport started limiting passengers flying out from the facility to 100,000 a day. A global aviation hub, Heathrow was the busiest airport in Europe before the pandemic.

Al Baker, who is a Heathrow board member, declined to comment on the situation at the airport directly, per Reuters.

But he told Bloomberg Television in an earlier interview at the airshow that Heathrow should have anticipated the situation.

“Heathrow has the right to restrict your flight

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